The aliens are back for a sequel no one asked for. Set 20 years after the original, where humans have taken advantage of the extra terrestrial technology, and the world has finally found peace within its nations, Independence Day: Resurgence once again finds the Nevada desert the battleground for a queen alien and her minions when they sneak up on us with their 3000 mile wide space craft. While setting up an interesting world in the first half, Resurgence resorts to the same beats of the original film, but with none of the charisma, resulting in a lacklustre blockbuster. And how bad is it when your favourite character is a warlord? Starring Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Brent Spiner, and DeObia Oparei, listen to full podcast review of Roland Emmerich's sequel to one of the biggest films of the 90s.
Controversial from the get go with accusations of whitewashing, Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt has proved to be a hard film to love. With the film using the mythology of Ancient Egypt as its starting point, we see mechanoid gods fight each other in a battle for power as a wise cracking mortal tags along. Starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung and Chadwick Boseman, Gods of Egypt is a deeply flawed film with not much on the surface going for it. We, however, take heed to Proyas' criticisms of critics, "trying to peck to the rhythm of the consensus", and try to see if its all just a big misunderstanding.
Richee treats Layla to her Virgin Viewings of the WWE produced action/thriller The Condemned. Starring Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones, we see a manacle TV producer (Robert Mammone) hold a tournament on an abandoned island where 10 people on death row are made to battle each other for their freedom, all while being streamed live on the internet. While enjoys this 2007, Scott Wiper directed film, Layla gets a little argumentative when it comes to the plot holes, the stereotypical characters, and the complete lack of world building. Does the well justified 18 rating and unabashed genre fair make up for it though? Listen to our review to find out.
Celebrating it's 50th year, Manos: The Hands of Fate is notoriously one of the worst films ever made. With horrendous acting, excruciating dialogue, and repetitive music being the least of it's offences, Richee and Layla are joined by His and Hers regular L. J. Spence in a special Virgin Viewings where we break down this broken film. Made to prove a bet, Harold P. Warren unwittingly unleashed on the world a unique gem of a bad movie, with just as much to laugh at as cringe too. Starring John Reynolds are the irreplaceable Torgo, as well as Tom Neyman, Diane Mahree and Warren himself, we look into this films history and complete lack of technical skill and wonder if its worth watching at all.
Ryan Gosling unleashes his inner Buster Keaton in Shane Black's The Nice Guys. This slapstick buddy comedy delves into the seedy world of late 70's LA and its overwhelming smog and porn industry. With Gosling as a freelance detective and Russell Crowe as a thug for hire, both searching for the same runaway girl Amelia (Margaret Qualley), they come up against a potential government conspiracy amongst the parties and shoot outs. With plenty of quality laughs, is it possible that the comedy overshadows the murder mystery? Find out in our podcast review.